A few things
I’m currently overwhelmed with summer semester final grading, so this will be a bit of a lazy post.
1) Be sure to check out Jerry Coyne’s excellent op-ed in today’s USA Today. As Jerry (a.k.a. Professor Ceiling Cat) says on his site, its thesis is “that human morality has no basis at all in divine will, but rather stems from both evolution and rational contemplation”. I made a brief comment here. I don’t think that I have the fortitude or the patience to participate in the comments section on the USA Today site, but maybe later. It’s a scary/hilarious mess over there.
3) & Speaking of summer semester: I’m trying to find studies/articles about the overall effectiveness of accelerated courses in comparison to non-accelerated courses. I teach at a semester school where regular semesters are sixteen weeks long. Summer semester, in comparison, is only eight weeks long. I’m curious about the effects (positive or negative) of teaching a sixteen week course in eight weeks. I’ve found a few articles that I’ll read as soon as I have a chance, and I’ll post about them when I do. If anyone knows of articles or studies on this topic, please do let me know. I’d like to read as many as I can.
Okay, back to grading!